Un économiste? Impossible!
This is what I believe, particularly about the powerful whose popularity depends on their personal charisma:
The alleged assault case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn of the IMF and the revelation that former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child with a member of his household staff illustrate yet again that power leads to disinhibited behavior. It's not just a truism but an oft-demonstrated social psychological finding that people in power think that rules don't apply to them and are more oriented toward satisfying their goals than adhering to social norms.Read more here.
There are exceptions. George Washington was one. Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was another.